10 Additions To Help You Spruce Up Your Wedding Reception
3. Themed cocktail hours
Cocktail hour is a great time for unfamiliar guests to get to know each other. Creating a festive mood can really help to break the ice, and upbeat vintage or international music can be a fun and unique way to accomplish that. Whether it’s Classic Cuban Salsa, Early 1920’s-30’s Jazz Hits, or Spanish Flamenco Guitar, an unexpected theme during cocktail hour definitely sets a classy tone. Transitioning into dinner, more traditional music can easily be transitioned back into, or if you prefer you can incorporate several eclectic genres together and keep the mix going for the whole night!
5. First Dance Medley
One of the highlights of any wedding reception is the bride and groom’s first dance. There’s never a problem going with a classic love song or one that you really relate to, however if you’re trying to get creative pick out a few songs that you can dance to and have your DJ put together a dance medley for you. The medley can consist of about a minute each of 3-5 songs of your choice and is easy enough to make. You should be able to receive it in advance so you can practice some great choreographed moves, the guests will love it and you’ll have some priceless footage to look back on too!
7. Place interactive items around the venue or on the guest tables
The options are limitless for adding creative and fun decor to your event. Place photos or short facts about the bride and groom on tables or on signs leading into the venue to give people a great snapshot of your relationship. To get more candid photos at your event put a disposable camera or two on the guest tables and ask for guests to take pictures throughout the event. You can also place sheets asking for marital advice on the tables and see what wild (or even helpful!) responses people give.
8. Individual song requests for guests on RSVP invites
When sending the RSVP’s, put a space on the invite where guests can fill out a song request to play during the reception. Playing people’s favorite songs can really help them enjoy the event, and if necessary you can always screen out songs you’d really prefer not to hear. Send the songs to your DJ in advance so they can make sure to have them all, and day of enjoy the compliments for all the great music.
9. Anniversary Dance
Acknowledge the married couples in the room by having an Anniversary Dance. For the Anniversary Dance all the married couples are invited out to the dance floor. The DJ asks couples to remain on the dance floor only if they’ve been married for a certain period of time, a la 1 year, 2, years, 20 years etc. until only one couple is left on the dance floor. The final couple gets a round of applause,and has the opportunity to give the bride and groom a word of advice for a successful marriage. As an alternative you can start with an empty dance floor and invite couples out starting with the longest married pairing. Counting down the years you end up with a full dance floor, once you invite the remaining crowd out you can transition right back into some dance hits!
10. Karaoke dedications
Ask your DJ if they can get a karaoke track for one of your favorite songs. Chances are they can, and with the simple addition of an extra computer monitor you can even have live lyrics to help you or one of your guests/family sing for the crowd. It can be as simple as including one one song performance during the event, but adding multiple songs is easy too and depending on your DJ they might even be able to take requests for guests who are really into it. This is a great option for couples who love the spotlight, or if you’re looking for a way to creatively express your affection to your partner.
These are just a few ideas to help spice up your reception. Think of something fun that shares your personality as a couple with your friends and family. Want to learn my absolute favorite Reception Dance Floor Starter? Click the button below.